The AVA Graduate Mentoring Program engages the Veterinarian professionals of today to support graduates to transition into the profession smoothly, to assist them to reach their full potential and to be happy in their jobs. The program aims to develop and sustain a satisfying professional career for veterinarians.
All recent graduates may participate as mentees, free AVA membership will be included as part of the program. As a general rule, this program is only open for AVA members to participate as mentors. Any non-member participation will be considered on an individual basis, and will need a recommendation put forward by the respective AVA Division.
Fees do not apply for mentees or mentors.
The AVA Mentoring Program is a 12 month program commencing in July for CSU graduates and October for all other universities. Mentors and mentees will be matched according to application details and are required to attend three events - Program Launch, Mid-Program Review and Program Close – some of which will be face-to-face meetings while others will be delivered via Webinars. During the program, mentors and mentees will be expected to be in contact at least monthly.
Mentees and first-time mentors will also be expected to complete the Art of Mentoring program training either as arranged by your Division or online to prepare them for their mentoring relationship. Acceptance into the program is conditional upon your commitment to completion of the training.
During the program, you will receive frequent communications from the AVA, giving you helpful tips and information about mentoring and access to other relevant materials available for supporting new graduates.
Whether you're a mentor a mentee, you will find mentoring a rewarding part of your experience as an AVA member.
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What participants say
“I was glad to participate - you can easily feel lost as a new grad- and even if you have support around you in work [as I was lucky enough to] it still helps to have an outside perspective on things.” (Mentee)
“(It is good to) help the next generation of veterinarians and try and help them maintain a successful balance in what is a very stressful job at times…. You take your experience and knowledge for granted, but your experience is invaluable to someone just starting out" (Mentor)